Dead American soldiers for a dying Industry
By: Alan Anderson
Oil has been the one major factor for war in the past 40 years across the world. America has honored the brave soldiers that have volunteered to serve and protect our great nation. Just think if we never had started using OIL. The Middle East would never have meant more to us other than just that dirty desert place. If it wasn’t for corporate monopoly of the Standard Oil in the early 1900’s pushing the U.S. government to ban alcohol and making it illegal to produce ethanol which was our first mainstream fuel of the 20th Century. Think if we learned our lesson during the Oil crisis of the 1970’s. Imagine if Osama Bin Laden hadn’t started his campaign to keep America out of the Middle East oil rich nations. Oil has been the factor for all these points of history and has snowballed into the first Iraq War, then Afghanistan and last but not least the second Iraq War. What has Oil gotten us for over a hundred years of loyal use? DEAD brave Americans whose only wish were to serve our country and protect it. It’s sad to think how many lives we’ve sent to war for this dirty fluid we call oil.
Now here we are in 2012, gas prices higher than ever and no end in sight. Who do we have to blame for all the dead Americans that died for OIL? Me! Blame me. I pumped gas in my car since I was old enough to drive. Now I drive a Big Rig and pump 200 gallons of diesel fuel in it every 2 days. Why you ask? Because, that is the only thing we have available as a fuel source. But I’m taking all the blame. The rest of you can take some of the blame too. Every dead and living American for the past 100 plus years has caused this. But you know what? I’m tired of killing our young Americans for this crap we call oil.
This past week one of my beloved nephews has shipped out on his first tour in Afghanistan. He’s a big guy now and his dad posted a picture of him all dressed up in his camo the other day and it made me go back to when he was just a baby. The whole idea of this scares the crap out of all our family, as it does for every family who send their brave kids off to war. So why do we still continue use oil if we know it is going to kill more and more young Americans to keep the supply to our gas tanks? When do we get to stop counting bodies for barrels?
America has to start changing now! Cars need to run on fuels other than gasoline; trucks need to use other than diesel fuel. The Open Fuel Standard facilitates this change and then we need to expand the availability of cost effective fuels like Advanced Biofuels like ethanol, methanol, and biodiesel and stop using fossil fuel. We have the knowhow and we have the land to grow it and don’t let oil companies tell us different. Get with is America and don’t let more of our babies die for Big Oil Company’s profits.